St Paul's Cathedral

Line drawing of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Pen and ink on paper, 2018.


The Angel of the North, designed by Antony Gormley.

Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England.

 

Completed 20 years ago today in 1998.

 

Bode Museum, Berlin

The Bode Museum on Museum Island in Berlin, Germany.

Pen and ink on paper, 2018.

Architect: Ernst von Ihne.

Completed in 1904.

Originally called the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum after Emperor Frederick III and renamed in 1956 after its first curator, Wilhelm von Bode.


Detroit

Cityscape of Detroit.

 

Pen and ink on paper, 2017


Kuala Lumpur Continuous Line Drawing

Another continuous line drawing – this one used four colours.

 

These are tricky but interesting – it’s never easy for me to leave out details but I do find that the areas that are drawn more sparingly do tend to highlight the areas with more detail, so I am hoping that the more I work on these, the better they will look.

I included a greyscale draft again, just because I find it interesting to see how they come out.


Cityscape of Vienna

New line drawing of Vienna. Long overdue – I’ve been planning to draw this city for a while.

 

Pen and ink on paper, 2018.

 

Available for usage – please email abigaildaker@hotmail.com for further information about usage, sizes and pricing.


Chicago Continuous Line Drawing

Most of my commissioned work tends to require a certain level of detail so it’s frustrating at times to not be able to explore the more abstract qualities some skylines and cityscapes have. I’ve been interested in looking at this for a while and a sketch of Chicago seemed to lend itself quite well to this style of drawing.

My husband asked me a while ago to try a skyline/cityscape which used two or three differently coloured continuous lines to explore the background and foreground of a view so I decided to give it a go. Here’s the drawing with three lines, one black, one light blue and one dark blue.

One thing I found from working on a series of Dot to Dot books over the last couple of years is that continuous line drawings are really difficult. They are also really interesting because the limitations of the line force you to make slightly different decisions about the way the drawing goes. There’s a lot I’d change about this piece – I think some areas would be better if there was less detail, but I think it’s an interesting technique and I might try some more at some point. I’ve always thought this style of drawing would lend itself very well to a monoprint, so I might take a look at working on one of these eventually.

After scanning the drawing – which was made using coloured fineliners – I isolated the different colours in photoshop and tried a black and white version to see how the piece looked when separated and combined.


Panoramic Sketches of Copenhagen

I'm currently working on a panoramic drawing of Copenhagen which is composed of four separate sections which will be combined in photoshop when finished.

Here are the pencil sketches; I like to make these fairly detailed and to scan and compose them so I can see how the overall piece might look when finished. This helps me to spot any potential errors in the piece and to check that the composition works well.

Section 1:

Section 2:

Section 3:

Section 4:

Sections 1 & 2 combined:

Sections 1, 2 & 3 combined:

All four sections:

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Moscow Panoramic: Part 2

Here's the second panel of the Moscow Panorama I'm working on at the moment:

moscow centre

And here is the panorama with the first two panels combined:

moscow panorama2

This is going to be a fairly wide piece and I may have to scale it back somewhat when I finish. The key areas of Moscow's skyline are yet to be drawn and it depends how these balance with the rest of the panorama. It's important to build up a piece like this so the viewer is drawn across the cityscape and is able to discover the significant sections easily.

You can see the first post about this piece here.


Moscow Panoramic

Moscow Panoramic: Pen and Ink on Paper. Work in Progress.

 

The architecture in Moscow is fascinating and this is a project I've been planning for over a year now. Moscow lends itself well to a panoramic drawing because - much like London - the different types of buildings on the skyline form a narrative which illuminates the long and intriguing history of the city.

 

This is the left hand section of the panorama. There are probably going to be three more similar sized sections to complete the drawing and I will most likely make some adjustments to this one once I have pieced the initial drawings together. It was a struggle to choose an angle to work from so I will very likely be working on a further version at some point.